complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən \

Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2a : an individual complex of ways of thinking or feeling
b : a complex of attitudes and inclinations
3 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion
4 : overall aspect or character by changing the complexion of the legislative branch— Trevor Armbrister

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Other Words from complexion

complexional \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
complexioned \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shənd \ adjective

Synonyms for complexion

Synonyms

color, coloring

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Examples of complexion in a Sentence

She has a dark complexion. All of the children had healthy complexions. The complexion of the neighborhood has changed over the years.
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The right full-coverage foundation or finesse of a Beautyblender could be the difference between doing a little too much and a smoother, more natural-looking complexion. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "7 Mistakes You're Making When You Conceal Pimples," 1 Nov. 2018 Alice and Virginia shared a light complexion and white features, while her brother’s children — Sylvia, Gonzalo Jr, and Geronimo Méndez — had darker skin and a more indigenous appearance. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "How Méndez vs. Westminster Helped End Segregated Schools for Latinx Children in 1940s California," 12 Oct. 2018 Make-up artist Gucci Westman’s ability to conjure a glowing complexion is legendary—fans include Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Gucci Westman’s Must-Have Beauty Products for Fall," 20 Aug. 2018 Teenasia is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a dark complexion and short black hair, according to the Glendale Police Department. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Local activist helps family search for missing Glendale teen," 12 July 2018 It's supposed to brighten dour complexions and make concealer glide over dark circles like a dream. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Culture Editor's Impulse Buys: $200 of Potions, Swedish Sweets, and More," 7 Jan. 2019 The figurines Ezie photographed at Prada also have cartoonishly large lips and sable black complexions. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Prada pulled a collection of figurines that drew comparisons to anti-black caricatures," 14 Dec. 2018 Here are the habits that could be standing between you and a clear, calm complexion. 1. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 Imagine waking up every morning with zero red spots and a perfectly even complexion. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of complexion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complexion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti

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complexion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin especially on the face
: the general appearance or character of something

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən \

Kids Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a fair complexion

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən \

Medical Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion

Other Words from complexion

complexioned \ -​shənd \ adjective

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